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50+ Best Apps For Toddlers & Kids
  Our Favorite Apps  
  Crying baby? Fidgety toddler? Bored kid? There really is an app for that. We combed through the virtual stacks of smartphone applications to find the best of the bunch. Here are our top 50+ picks:  
For Baby    
  a World of Lullabies
Can't remember the words to a lullaby? a World of Lullabies plays childhood favorites and even gives the lyrics so parents can sing along.
Cost $2.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 a World of Lullabies  

  Baby Apps All-in-1
Tired of your tot grabbing your phone and making calls, deleting emails and changing things around? Baby Apps comes with several different games so the smallest players can just press numbers on a simulated phone screen and older ones can play music on the colored piano keys.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 BabyApps: All-in-1  

  Baby Monitor
Forgot to pack your baby monitor? No problem! Simply place the iPhone near your sleeping baby, if it detects noise, it places a phone call to the number of your choice, you can then listen in for activity from your baby.It also will detect if your baby picks up the phone. Great for curious toddlers that wake up from their nap without making noise.
Cost $4.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Baby Monitor  

  iPlayPhone
iPlayphone is toy iPhone for your curious tot. Your little one can have all the fun and feel of a real iPhone without calling Japan. It's simple, just start the application and let your kid go crazy pressing the brightly colored buttons and hear fun sounds.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 iPlay Phone  

  Peek-A-Bouncer
Perfect for smaller kids who want to play like the bigger kids, Peek-A-Bouncer is a simple peek-a-boo game. All your little one has to do is press on the screen and a friendly character will peek out and giggle. The longer they tap the screen, the longer the fun!
Cost $1.99  Available for iPhones Available for Android phones  >Download here
Peek-A-Bouncer   

  White Noise
White Noise provides ambient sounds of the environment to help baby relax or sleep. Includes high quality looping noises such as ocean waves, crickets chirping at night, and the soothing sound of rain fall.
Cost $1.99  Available for iPhones Available for Android phones  >Download here
White Noise   

For Toddler    
  AlphaBaby Free
Touch the screen to show and hear letters and shapes. Flick them to send them flying across the screen. Press them and the letters shrink and grow. Record your own voice for the letters and shapes. Add your own images from the camera or photo library, and record captions to match. Have your child record their own voice!
Cost Free  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 AlphaBaby Free  

  Bubble Snap
Little kids love to pop bubble wrap. Parents hate the noise. Bring on the Bubble Snap app! You can pop the bubbles one at a time or drag your finger across a row. Once all the bubbles are popped, a fresh sheet will show.
Cost Free  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Bubble Snap  

  eliasZOO
What sound does a monkey make? Who says “roar”? Like Old MacDonald without the E-I-E-I-O, Elias Zoo lets your kids hear a bumblebee buzz, a lion roar and so much more. This simple flashcard app shows you an animal, its name and makes the right sound when you press the screen.
Cost $1.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 eliasZOO  

  Elmo's Monster Maker
Everyone’s furry favorite Elmo wants help making a monster friend. Kids can choose the monster’s body, then eyes, nose and a hat from dozens of choices. Then you can help Elmo dance and play with his new friend and even take pictures which will appear in your iPhone’s photo gallery. The graphics on this game are as clear as if it were on TV. 2010 Parents' Choice Silver Honors Award Winner.
Cost $3.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Elmo's Monster Maker  

  FirstWords: Animals
More than just a game, First Words Animals is a powerful educational tool for the toddlers and tots in your life. It provides hours of fun, laughter and learning with 39 of their favorite animal friends, beautifully illustrated and matched with entertaining animal sounds. The game It removes the frustration factor by saying the name of the letter when you touch it and not allowing you to misspell a word.
Cost $1.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 FirstWords: Animals  

  Fish School
Children will love to learn while playing with colorful schools of fish which magically transform themselves into different letters, numbers, shapes, colors and more. Fish School includes 8 fun educational activities that will engage children.
Cost $1.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Fish School  

  FreshWater Aquarium
Freshwater Aquarium is a cute app that replicates an aquarium with fish on your iPhone. Just watch is fun, but you can also feed them watch them grow, and even play a mini-fishing game.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 FreshWater Aquarium  

  Itsy Bitsy Spider
A musical book based on the popular song, with fully interactive, original illustrations. Follow the spider through the captivating, inter-connected scenes as he goes up the water spout, comes down with the rain, and watches the sun dry up all the rain. Poke the spider to navigate from screen to screen. Touch everything else too! Everything in the illustrations is interactive. A friendly tutor (a fly) teaches your child about nature and the environment.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Itsy Bitsy Spider  

  Monkey Preschool: When I Grow Up
It's magic toybox playtime at Monkey Preschool! THUP Games Presents Monkey Preschool "When I Grow Up", an imagination and inspiration game for preschoolers age 2 and up. Children love to imagine what they want to be when they grow up-and it can change from day to day! Now they don't have to settle on just one thing. Your little monkey wants to be a pirate/astronaut/doctor? No problem. Open up the magic toy box and see what you can find! It’s like a modern version of paper dolls but with less cleanup.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Monkey Preschool: When I Grow Up  

  Old MacDonald
2010 Parents’ Choice Gold Award winner, Old MacDonald includes 12 fully interactive pages and more than 35 fun activities to engage children. Delight your children while encouraging cognitive, language, and motor development.
Cost $1.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Old MacDonald  

  Scoops - Ice Cream Fun For Everyone
Over a million people are screaming for ice cream! Stack your ice cream cone high into the sky by tilting the phone left and right, catching as many scoops as you can while avoiding the vegetables (veggies ARE great apart from ice cream!). The higher you go, the faster they fall, and the more wobbly your tower! Stack similar colors together for extra points.
Cost Free  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Scoops  

  Scribble Lite
Does your tot like to doodle? Toddlers and preschoolers can use Scribble Lite to draw, doodle, finger paint, sketch and trace. When they are done, a simple shake will erase the image to give them a fresh canvas.
Cost Free  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Scribble Lite  

  Sound Touch
Simplicity is the key to Sound Touch, an app that relies only on taps, making it super easy for little fingers to navigate. It is broken into 6 categories, which are shown at the bottom of the screen as pictures – animals, wild animals, wild birds, vehicles, musical-instruments and household. Tap a picture, and a real life photo of the item pops open, accompanied by the sound it makes. Tap the picture anywhere, and it disappears. With ships and fire trucks, sheep and monkeys, accordions and harmonicas, it would take a while for little ones to get tired of this game!
Cost $2.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Sound Touch  

  Talking Baby Hippo
Talking Baby Hippo is a fun 3D character suitable for children aged 2-7 and for everyone young at heart. Baby Hippo repeats everything you say with his baby voice. You can tickle him, poke him, feed him carrots, make him blow a balloon, give him a pacifier or make him play with a butterfly. Record your own videos of Baby Hippo and save them to your library (MMS), share them on YouTube & Facebook or send them by email.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones Available for Android phones  >Download here
 Talking Baby Hippo  

  Toddler Counting
If you're teaching your child to count, Toddler Counting is a must-have. It helps teach basic counting skills, and even makes it fun for your toddler. This app is a follow-on to the wildly popular Toddler Flashcards (see below).
Cost Free  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Toddler Counting  

  Toddler Flashcards
Just like traditional flash-cards for kids, Toddler Flashcards has cards to teach children the names of animals, foods, things, as well as advanced stuff like the alphabet or numbers. Unlike traditional flash-cards, these ones speak, and they also play animal sounds. It is a great tool to help children (and even babies) learn basic words.
Cost $1.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Toddler Flashcards  

  Tozzle - Toddler's Favorite Puzzle
With 35 different puzzles, Tozzle will be your savior when traveling. It keeps your toddler entertained and he/she learns to improve shape recognition and motor activity. Easy to manipulate drag-and-drop puzzles will keep them busy for the long haul. If they can't find the right place for a piece, a helping arrow appears after the third try so every child can solve every puzzle.
Cost $1.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Tozzle  

  Toddler Teasers Shapes
Approved by teachers, parents and toddlers alike Toddler Teasers Shapes teaches while it entertains. With a focus on simplicity and full voice-overs, toddlers play and learn without the need for extra help. The app displays colorful quizzes and offers positive reinforcement and fun rewards. The child-safe menu allows parents to customize game play and difficulty.
Cost Free  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Toddler Teasers Shapes  

  Wacky Safari
Do you love wild animals? How about a good laugh? Safari Joe and Safari Jane invite you to join them on this colorful, crazy, Wacky Safari where you can play five different entertaining and engaging activities. Toddlers will laugh and learn while they play.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Wacky Safari  

  WeetWoo! Kid Videos, Safe & Educational, from YouTube & parent reviewed
Don't waste time sorting through ads and questionable content for videos to entertain your kids on the go. WeetWoo offers thousands of parent-screened videos organized in kid-friendly age-appropriate playlists for hundreds of hours of entertainment.
Cost $3.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 WeetWoo!  

  Wheels On The Bus 
Wheels on the Bus is a fun, interactive musical book, based on the popular children's song. Come aboard the bus to spin the wheels, open and close the doors, swish the wipers, pop some bubbles, make a dog bark, and much more. 2010 Parents Choice Gold Award Winner.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones Available for Android phones  >Download here
 Wheels On The Bus  

For Preschooler    
  Build A Word
It's time to Build A Word! Shake up this "Word Builder" and watch letters float across the screen. Place letters in the outline provided and build a word one letter at a time. By pushing the letters of each word together, words will magically "morph" into WordFriends! DOG, DUCK, PIG, ANT, FROG, SHEEP, BUG, COW, CAT, and BEE come to life and engage children to build their early literacy skills.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Build A Word  

  Chuzzle
Color-match Giant, Rainbow and Super chuzzles for uproarious fur-flying fun. Slide, prod and nudge chuzzles to match three or more and send fur flying. Once you start popping chuzzles you won’t want to stop.
Cost $2.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Chuzzle  

  Handy Manny Workshop
Handy Manny Workshop bundles five fun activities into a single app for parents and kids who are fans of the popular show on Disney Channel. Handy Manny’s Workshop lets kids “find it,” “color it,” “match it,” “puzzle it” and “sing it.” Your preschooler will want to “keep it!”
Cost $2.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Handy Manny Workshop  

  Highlights My First Hidden Pictures™
This full-color version of the award-winning Highlights Hidden Pictures game is designed with younger children in mind. Have fun solving the eight Hidden Pictures puzzles included with purchase plus the additional puzzle packs available.
Cost $1.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Highlights My First Hidden Pictures™  

  Infinite Maze
Infinite Maze is a fast and easy to play maze game that is fun for all ages. A new maze is uniquely generated each time you play, making no two mazes ever the same! A wide variety of colorful themes make the mazes not only unique, but beautiful. You can even use photos from your photo library.
Cost $1.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Infinite Maze  

  Jirbo Match : Child Development Edition
There are countless hours of fun to be had playing Match, the memory game where you have to match all pairs of animals. Perfect for entertaining kids on airplanes, car rides and restaurants, Jirbo Match is fun, educational and helps develop fine motor skills.
Cost $3.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Jirbo Match : Child Development Edition  

  Kids Connect the Dots Lite
Kids Connect the Dots Lite is a dot-to-dot kids game for preschool-age kids. Kids join all the dots and reveal one of more than 30 colorful images.
Cost Free Available for Android phones >Download here
 Kids Connect the Dots Lite  

  Madera & Figaro Save The Day
Designed for little readers ages 3-6, this storybook app is one of the most interactive ones we’ve seen. It includes counting games, painting games, vehicles that you can drag, animated characters that tell the story, music-making instruments and more.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones Available for Android phones  >Download here
 Madera & Figaro Save The Day  

  Miss Spider's Tea Party
Now story time is anytime with Miss Spider's Tea Party. About the story: Miss Spider is hosting a tea party—but nobuggy will come! What’s an eight-legged lady to do? Find out in this lovely tale of a spider’s gentle and rewarding search for friends, told in verse, which can also be read as a counting book. Users can read the story themselves, follow along as it’s read to them, or watch it in state-of-the-art animation.  Also includes story-based activities such as touch-based animation, painting, puzzles, a matching game, and more.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Miss Spider's Tea Party  

  Monkey Preschool: Lunchbox
The #1 preschool game in the app store. Learn and have fun by helping monkeys pack lunch! Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is a collection of six exciting educational games for your preschooler (ages 2 to 5). Shhhh, your preschooler will have so much fun that s/he won't notice the educational aspect.
Cost $.99  Available for iPhones Available for Android phones  >Download here
 Monkey Preschool: Lunchbox  

  Pianist
The first widely available mobile multi-touch piano, Pianist has a full 88 key piano keyboard. Kids can test out different tunes or record and save their compositions for later playback.
Cost $3.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Pianist  

  Super Why
Help your child achieve the Power to Read with this collection of four SUPER WHY interactive literacy games. Your child can play along with each of the four main characters from the PBS Kids TV series: Alpha Pig, Princess Presto, Wonder Red, and, of course, Super Why, while practicing the alphabet, rhyming, spelling, writing and reading. Super Duper!
Cost $2.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 SUPER WHY  

  The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss
On a cold and wet day, two children are visited by a mischievous cat, wearing a tall, red and white-striped hat. To entertain the children, the Cat performs wacky tricks, creating a mess of the house. Will mother find out about the Cat and see the mess? The Dr. Seuss classic "The Cat in the Hat," one of the top selling children's books of all time, is now available for your phone. Kids can choose from three options- “Read It To Me,” “Read It To Myself” and “Autoplay” which reads the story like a movie.
Cost $3.99  Available for iPhones Available for Android phones  >Download here
 The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss  

  Think BIG
For kids old enough to grasp simple math concepts, Think BIG shows a group of numbers and kids have to pick the largest (or smallest) number. The game uses positive reinforcement and has surprises and rewards.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Think BIG  

  Tic Tac Toe Free
Tic Tac Toe Free presents the classic, easy-to-grasp strategy game for one or multiple players. This app has great graphics and fun sound effects.
Cost Free  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Tic Tac Toe Free  

Older Kids    
  Celeste Lite
Accurately track the position of the Sun and Saturn using your phone's sensors with this responsive augmented reality app. Smoothly follow the Sun's path to quickly find where it will be at any time of day, on any date. The full version available for purchase includes the Moon with phases and all the other planets.
Cost Free Available for Android phones >Download here
 Celeste Lite  

  Cut the Rope
A mysterious package has arrived, and the creature inside has only one request…CANDY! Help get the candy to Om Nom, the adorable monster, in this highly innovative and addictive puzzle game. Combining outstanding physics, devilishly tricky levels, and bright colorful visuals, Cut the Rope is one of the most original and fun-filled games on the App Store.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Cut the Rope  

  Dinosaurs: The American Museum of Natural History Collections
Paleontologists of all ages can explore the American Museum of Natural History’s famous fossil halls in depth. Double-tap or pinch to zoom into the mosaic and inspect individual photos. Tap the info button to flip the photos and read fascinating information about the science and personalities of the Museum’s world-renowned fossil collection: each interactive photograph includes information of where the fossil was found and the paleontologist who uncovered it. There’s a dinosaur enthusiast lurking inside all of us, and this app will inspire the next generation of paleontologists to start digging!
Cost Free  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Dinosaurs: The American Museum of Natural History Collections  

  Geocaching
Geocaching is a global treasure hunting game. Participants hide & seek hidden physical containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share their adventures online by uploading clues and GPS coordinates. There are geocaches hidden all over the world for every member of the family to enjoy. Kids will have a blast hunting for the treasure!
Cost $9.99  Available for iPhones Available for Android phones  >Download here
 Geocaching  

  Math Magic
Thanks to Math Magic, your child can get a big jump on learning arithmetic while loving every second of that education. Math Magic teaches in a way that is encouraging and tons of fun for your little one. Math Magic uses a combination of your choice of vibrant colors, simple interface and a reward system of stars to encourage and teach kids between the ages of 3 and 8. It’s really easy to use. The child simply has to tap on an answer to solve the problem. Whether they get the answer right or not, a real voice expresses appreciation for the child choosing a response.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones Available for Android phones  >Download here
 Math Magic  

  MemoryBlock
How good is your memory? Find out with MemoryBlock. Watch the computer carefully as it creates sequences for you to mimic. With 5 buttons to keep track of it's harder than it seems!
Cost Free  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 MemoryBlock  

  Mixamajig
Take mix and match games into the digital age and swap heads, torsos, legs and feet to make infinite silly combinations. Swap heads, bodies, legs, feet, and headgear to create oodles of zany creatures (called Kooks) that come alive with sounds and amazing photographic backgrounds. This is a creative imagination station brimming with hours of out-of-the-box zany play that is sure to get your creative juices flowing and your bellies laughing.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Mixamajig  

  Mystic Maggie Narrated Story
Mystic Maggie and the Road to Ruin is an educational tool cleverly disguised as a funny and entertaining adventure. In essence, it is an original “read to me” story with animation for younger children that includes interactive vocabulary.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones Available for Android phones >Download for iPhone >Download for Android
 Mystic Maggie Narrated Story  

  Question Builder
Question Builder is designed to help elementary aged children learn to answer abstract questions and create responses based on inference. Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders. Audio clip reinforcement can be turned on or off for non-special needs children.
Cost $3.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Question Builder  

  Sentence Builder
This game definitely counts as “edutainment.” Elementary-aged kids can practice building grammatically correct sentences by seeing a picture and matching up the right words to describe it.
Cost $3.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Sentence Builder  

  Story Builder
Story Builder is designed to help children accomplish the following goals: 1) Improve paragraph formation; 2) Improve integration of ideas; and 3) Improve higher level abstractions by inference. Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders. This app offers a rich and fun environment for improving the ability to create a narrative.
Cost $3.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Story Builder  

  Word Scramble Challenge Edition by Zynga
Scramble is the fast fun game of finding words in a jumbled grid. Compete with friends and play live with fellow word game fans.
Cost Free  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 Word Scramble Challenge Edition by Zynga  

  WordSearch Kids
Word Search Kids is a word find game with 3 difficulty levels, cool graphics and sounds.
Cost $0.99  Available for iPhones  >Download here
 WordSearch Kids  

 
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